How to Have a Killer Picnic in Savannah

Taking advantage of Savannah’s 22 beautiful, shaded squares is a must-do experience whether you’re visiting for the weekend or call Savannah home, and what better way to soak in their beauty than a leisurely picnic? If you’re planning on having cocktails with your picnic (and why wouldn’t you when the entire historic district allows to-go cups!), make sure you pick a square that’s between the legal to-go cup zone that starts at Jones Street and goes up to River Street. Hint: iconic Jones Street is the perfect place for a post-picnic stroll.

Of course, you’ll want to come take our distillery tour that includes a souvenir bottle of our Ghost Coast Vodka 261 or Vodka 261 Orange and try out one of our custom cocktails to enjoy during your picnic. Perhaps most fitting is our Oglethorpe’s Mule to honor General Oglethorpe himself since he’s the reason we have these beautiful squares in the first place! As georgiaencyclopedia.org points out, “It is unique in the history of urban planning in a number of respects, not the least of which is that the squares allow for more open space in Savannah than in any city layout in history.”

As for your other picnic fixings, we recommend stopping at Smith Brothers Butcher Shop. Smith Brothers has been a Savannah staple for nearly 100 years and have a vast selection of cheeses, cured meats, and housemade sides. Or, pickup counter-order sandwiches and sides from 11am-3pm Mondays through Saturdays for the easiest picnic ever. Other counter-order spots that make for tasty and quick picnic options include British Pie Society, Goose Feathers, and Butterhead Greens.

Born From Revelry

Opened in 2017, Ghost Coast Distillery is downtown Savannah’s first distillery since Prohibition. Tours will run every hour, on the hour Monday-Wednesday 12-6pm, and Thursday-Saturday 10-6pm. Owners Chris Sywassink and Rob Ingersoll selected their building in the burgeoning West Side of downtown Savannah to help breathe new life into the building at 641 Indian Street, noted as part of the City of Savannah’s West Downtown Urban Redevelopment Plan. Follow their Facebook page for the latest updates and information.

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